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Help with landscaping

Posted by newbiegardner6 NJ (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 19:22

I am completely new to gardening. Just started doing some landscaping in the front of our house. Had a few quick ques. In the attached pic you can see tht we are tring to mulch a portion of the front of the house and section it off with rocks. The shrub has been there since we bought the house and hardly requires maintenance. We just planted the Japanese maple and did the rocks by the house and the rest is mulch.

We have mulched part of the area. The area not mulched yet has grass. I'm planning on using round up to kill the grass and weeds off in tht area and then lay down some newspapers and mulch on top. This is what I gathered from some forums here as the best way to go.

I also wanna put a rhododendron in tht section before I mulch. Will tht work after I kill all the grass off ? Just wanna make sure I can plant in tht area.

Also wats the best way to lay the stones? Do I get rid of the grass and dig a little deeper to put the stones in the ground ?

Any suggestions are appreciated.

This post was edited by newbiegardner6 on Wed, Aug 6, 14 at 1:06

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RE: Help with landscaping

Since the area is small, you can just dig up the grass and put the grass side down. This will kill most of the grass. Some grass will grow back, you can just hand pull it, or dig another time. Round-up works, but I do not like to put in any chemicals.

I would not plant rhododendron. That area is too small for your plants.

What you need is a border. You can have an annual border and you get all colors for a long time. Perennial border works too, but the flower season is shorter. For low maintenance, get a ground cover border, such as liriope grass, etc.

To lay the stone border, you set the place where you'll lay the stones. Dig out some soil, put in some sand and let it settle for a week. Then lay the stones and put back the soil.

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